Driver Misclassification Suit Filed Against Port Companies By Los Angeles

(Last Updated On: January 8, 2018)


The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

City attorney Mike Feuer announced the separate lawsuits filed against CMI Transportation, K&R Transportation California, and Cal Cartage Transportation Express, three trucking companies that operate at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The lawsuits allege that the companies purposely classify their drivers as indepenedent contractors instead of as employees to avoid obligations to pay employee benefits, such as unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, minimum wage, and reimbursement for business expenses. The alleged misclassification also allows each company to avoid paying applicable state taxes, shifting the responsibility to the drivers.

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